Musing Monday #8

It’s time for another Musing Monday, hosted by Should be Reading

How do you decide to read a book by an author you haven’t read before? What sort of recommendations count most highly in making that decision?

Good question!

1. Plot description. That’s definitely the number one thing for me–that and the writing. I’ll read the back and see if it catches my attention. Then I’ll flip through the book (or read the sample on my Kindle) to see what the writing style is like. If the plot looks good but the writing looks blah, I might put it on my “get it from the library” list.

2. Book blog reviews. More often now, I’m relying on book bloggers that have already braved certain books to tell me whether or not it’s worth my time to read. The other day I almost bought Shatter Me in Chapters because I’ve been hearing some great things about it. I might just get it for my Kindle though. Potentially cheaper. But the cover is so pretty…

3. Cover. Okay, I’m slightly less picky about this. But if I’m going to purchase the book/have it for a period of time, it should at least be pleasing to the eye.

What about you guys? What’s important to you?